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. the united states of america needs to get to the hotel montana and get our children now! >> reporter: the university group of 14 had come to distribute food to poor haitian people the day before the disaster. the missing students were in their rooms when it happened, the teachers in the gym. the eight who survived, most of whom were by the hotel's pool, have spoken about wanting to come back here for their teammates. >> after we hugged our parents and loved ones and felt safe, we were all like ready to go back, because we're missing two professors and four other students. >> reporter: the family of courtney hayes from georgia has traveled to the dominican republic looking for information and for their child in hospitals. the parents of britney gangel, who were originally told she had been found alive, only to then hear the heartbreaking truth, can only wait and know that rescuers here are trying to help answer their prayers. >> we need a miracle now. >> reporter: with more than 100 people thought to still be inside, this place now represents the destruction that has befallen families
, president obama pledged the full support of the united states. >> haitians are our neighbors in the americas and here at home, so we have to be there for them in their hour of need. >> reporter: the "uss carl vincent" will be a base at sea to provide communications and supplies like fresh water. many have taken to the internet to show support. less than 24 hours after the quake, a text message campaign has raised more than $1 million for the red cross. and that help i soarly needed, as we've just said. in fact, still now, there are stories emerging of people still waiting for medical care. currently, most of the hospitals are down, and so people are in clinics, basically out on the street, triage clinics, people are coming to these clinics asking for help, but there are a lot of people, matt and meredith, who are not still now getting the medical care they need after this devastating earthquake. now back to you. >> and we're hearing there are no medical supplies to be had. let's brg in brian williams, who is there at the airport along with ann and al. brian, good morning to you. >> reporter:
. >> reporter: good morning. u.s. officials are announcing that the british and united states embassies are going to be closed in yemen due to an imminent threat from al qaeda. they say they are planning an atech in that country. this comes as the president said the country has become a new strong hold for an old enemy. president obama revealed for the first time what many had suspected since the attempted bombing on christmas day. al qaeda was behind it. >> it appears that he joined an affiliate of al qaeda and that this group, al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for america. >> reporter: the president says that the suspect, umar abdulmutallab received his training in yemen, a country wrecked by poverty and on ongoing civil war. now fertile ground for extremists driven from strong holds in afghanistan and elsewhere. >> it's really a safe haven for islamic terrorists and the yemeni government is almost powerless to stop them from operating. >> reporter: after getting initial reports earlier this
was there, he represents the largest haitian-american community in the united states. he had his iphone with him, he shot these pictures as she was taken out. that little girl's father was there, obviously thrilled. and of course, there's a lot of hope for more moments like this. but doctors say humans can survive without access to water for about five days. so we're at the edge of potentially finding more survivors. they're still looking, however, meredith. >> and they didn't think they'd find them up to this point. wonderful news, kerry, thank you so much. >>> now here's matt. >>> changing gears here, a bit, a special election is being held in massachusetts tomorrow, that to fill the u.s. senate seat vacated by the death of ted kennedy. it is a key race in both parties have pulled out the heavy-hitters and all stops in the final days of campaigning. nbc's kelly o'donnell is in boston with more. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. it's one of the biggest surprises in politics. and democrats are feeling the misery of this wintry morning. they should have the overw
with the united states agency for international development. dr. shah, good morning. >> good morning, ann. >> last night, the president said in the white house situation room last night that he wanted usid and other agencies to do an aggressive, coordinated effort by the u.s. government. so, what can you tell us about the first step that the u.s. is taking to do something about this crisis in haiti? >> well, first i'd say that our thoughts and our prayers are with the people of haiti at this critical time. the president is very focused on his top priority, which is saving lives in this critical initial 72-hour period. we're also very focused on protecting american citizens who are in haiti and identifying them and supporting their needs and their families' needs. we have set up a phone number that american citizens and families can call. 1-888-407-4747. that's been set up at the state department so that people can inquire about the safety and security of their family members. and we're very focused, of course, on supporting that and on protecting and saving lives in this initial period. >> will u.
the nano in the united states? >> reporter: i think we could see this car here perhaps in three or four years. the reason that it is getting so much attention is the price tag. $2,500. they call it the least expensive mass market car in the world. this one actually -- see the indian license plate. that's because they shipped it over here from india. it arrived yesterday. we were the first ones to have a chance to drive this car. when we took it for a little test drive here in the industrial complex, impressed by the pep in the car and impressed by the handling. you are not sitting in the lap of luxury. they did not build this as a mass market car for those that are looking for luxury. the idea is india was to get families who are riding around on mopeds off the mopeds and into a car. it is a small car. it does the job. $2,500 is the price tag in india. odds are that if this is sold in the united states, once they bring it up to safety and emissions standards as well as to be fit ask finished standards american car buyers have come to expect, they might have to boost the price tag a coup
being rescued. he is now back in the united states being treated at jackson memorial hospital in miami. he joins us along with his wife christina. good morning to both of you. >> good morning, meredith. >> good morning. >> thank you. >> this is such an incredible story of survival, dan. you were in haiti working on a film to help poverty-stricken kids there when this earthquake struck. can you tell us where you were in the hotel at that moment and what exactly you remember? >> sure. we had just come back -- my colleague david and i had just come back from a day of filming, and we were just heading into the hotel, heading up towards our bedrooms, and heading towards the hotel, and that's when the earthquake struck, and you know, just everything turned to chaos. >> he was in the lobby heading towards the elevators. >> did you immediately know that it was an earthquake, dan? >> yes, i did. just saw the walls rippling and just explosive sounds all around me, and it all happened incredibly fast, and david yelled out, "it's an earthquake!" and then we both lunged in a direction and then ever
is the vice president of the united states. vice president biden, good morning. >> good morning, meredith. >> you heard the president last night. he made it clear he's been listening to the voters when he says that jobs must be our number one focus in 2010. he talked about generating jobs through things like tax cuts for businesses, investing in clean energy and rebuilding our infrastructure, among other things, but there are 15 million unemployed in america who were listening last night, many of them, i'm sure, wanting to know when they will find employment again. based on what he said last night, what do you say to them? >> well, i say they're going to start to see unemployment grow this spring -- >> you mean employment. >> employment grow, i'm sorry. you're going to see unemployment abate. i think in the spring you're going to see a net increase on a monthly basis of jobs instead of a net loss of jobs, which has occurred the last 20 months or so, and i think you're going to see that. it's going to give people hope. there's -- the idea that we're going to be able to get 7 million people
's command. the general was not in haiti at the time of the earthquake. the united states facilitated his return. he is now back in charge. the peacekeeping force known as minustah is out on the streets. they're clearing streets. they're bringing law and order. in a situation like this, where people are injured, where people are hungry, where people are disoriented, there is often the aftermath of looting and other violence. there hasn't been a lot of it until, perhaps, recently, but we're going to do everything we can with our resources, the 82nd airborne is getting to haiti today. the aircraft carrier "carl vincent" will be on the horizon soon. the coast guard has performed magnificently in helping to evacuate the injured, particularly american citizens. so, we have a full court press going on here at the president's direction. but this is -- i don't want to mislead anybody, this is a devastating catastrophe. and just to figure out what steps to take so we don't make the situation worse -- i mean, it's like, looking at these collapsed buildings, meredith, you know, you pull out one, you
, starting today, passengers flying to the united states from yemen, nigeria, pakistan and other countries, the government considers high risk, are facing increased airport screening, including pat-downs and searches. the measures are an attempt to respond to a failed attempt to bomb a passenger jet in detroit on christmas day. on sunday, there were massive delays at newark airport, meantime, after a man bypassed a security checkpoint, flights were grounded for six hours and all passengers had to be rescreened. the man who walked through security was not found. >>> the military says four u.s. troops were killed on sunday by a roadside bomb in southern afghanistan. they are the first u.s. combat deaths in afghanistan this year. >>> bitter cold grips much of the nation this morning, with temperatures way below the normal for the rockies to florida. we've got nbc's jeff rossen in new york's times square on this. good morning. >> reporter: hey, ann, good morning to you. freezing on the streets of manhattan. just checked the wind chill. it makes it feel like nine degrees, an improvement from a
enough to reign wall? >> i don't think the united states congress should proceed with this nomination. >> reporter: yesterday with the president taking aim at wall street and bernanke's nomination in doubt, the dow fell more than 200 minutes on. lester, as for that health care reform effort it hardly even came up in the question to that town hall in ohio yesterday but the president says he is still going to fight to get it passed. prospects are looking dimmer by the day. >> the president prepares for his first state of the union address next week for analysis, we are joined by chris matthews, host of "hardball" on msnbc. >> good morning. >> no one will fault the president for concentrating on the economy. the style, town hall, campaign-type rhetoric, what do you read into this? >> he wants to be on the outside shooting in. not the inside taking the bullets. >> candidate obama. >> he wants to be the guy in the truck in massachusetts complain being the way things are and wanted to regain the spirit. i was thinking this morning when i got up, lee years ago, he began his campaign for pres
. this is someone who came close to becoming the vice president of the united states, and you can only imagine, had he been any better as a candidate, had he progressed farther, he could have been the democratic nominee, and then, of course, when these revelations came out, all of that could have crashed down and you'd have a republican likely as a president now. so, the what-ifs don't matter because they didn't play out, but it's still striking to think about. >> absolutely. let's talk about the man who is president, president obama. he will be addressing the nation next week in his statemestate o address at a time when there is no resolution with regard to the health care bill. not even sure we will get a bill in the end, and if we do, probably watered down from what he wanted. either way you look at it, is it a lose-lose proposition for the president? >> well, no. the real loss here would be to lose health care altogether, and that's what's said at the white house. rahm emanuel has been calling up to congressional leaders on capitol hill saying, what is it that you think you can get the votes fo
been here for 24 hours or so back in the united states, but take us back. you had only been in the country for a day when the earthquake struck. where were you and what were you doing? >> we arrived on monday and did service work all day monday and all day tuesday and got back to the hotel. it was around 3:30 and all went our operate ways and did stuff. i was in the room when the earthquake struck. >> had you ever been in an earthquake before? what was it like? >> it was horrible. i walked out of the bathroom and everything was shake skpig ran to the bed and the floor dropped under my feet. >> within seconds you had a small opening? >> i had to through the room next to me and drop down to the ground floor and climb under the roof. >> how long did it take total? >> actually stayed in the room for a while because i was trying to find my cell phone. it was working over there and i couldn't find it. finally i saw white and i climbed out. >> can you take me back emotionally? how does your mind process something like that? >> i didn't realize it was an earthquake. i thought a bomb
families in the united states. some of the children appeared exhausted. others seemed dazed by all they had been through since the disaster. >> we are just really -- i'm just thankful to get the kids out. >> reporter: all the children come from the god's littlest angel orphanage near port-au-prince. with the usual paperwork waived on humanitarian grounds by the u.s. government in this extreme circumstance, haitian children that were already being processed for adoption -- >> hi. >> reporter: -- can join their new families immediately. brandon is at a loss for words. now that he and stephenson are finally together. >> i'm so overwhelmed, i don't know right now. i mean, it is -- it is great but i'm -- i don't know. >> reporter: sandy and don from grand junction, colorado, adopted twins but are still concerned about other children left behind. >> needs help. we are going to keep those still in haiti in our prayers. >> reporter: an irony is the deadly earthquake speeded up the often years' long adoption process there's always something good that happens even in things that happen bad. these are
employees killed in a bombing in afghanistan arrived back in the united states on monday at dover air force base, and there is confirmation now that the bomber accused in their deaths was a trusted informant, a jordanian doctor who had been working as a double agent, claiming to have information about a key deputy of osama bin laden. >>> the conviction of zacarias moussaoui, the only person to stand trial in the united states for the 9/11 attacks, was upheld on monday by a federal appeals court. the court rejected arguments that he was denied access to evidence and wasn't given the right to pick his own attorney. moussaoui is serving life in prison. >>> police say a dispute over social security benefits was the motive behind a deadly shooting at a federal building monday in las vegas. they say the 66-year-old gunman opened fire, killing one security guard and wounding a u.s. marshal before he was shot to death. a lawsuit filed by the gunman complaining about a cut in benefits was dismissed in federal court last year. >>> landslides and a ten-foot tsunami triggered by a earthquake hit the so
the united states, are still finding plenty of work to do. it keeps happening, survivors beating the odds. >> go 90 degrees the opposite way! >> reporter: new york and virginia rescuers dig six hours to find a boy and girl, tiki and sabrina, alive. [ cheers and applause ] pulled from beneath what had been a three-story house. >> you're all right. they're thirsty and they need food. that's about it. >> reporter: it wasn't the only thing people here had to celebrate on tuesday. the arrival of u.s. marines choppering into the capital was met with cheers. they also air-lifted supplies from the "uss battan" to a coastal community that until now had seen little, if any, aid. the u.n. security council added an additional surge of troops to help, where people scavenge what they can. but it's not just the hungry getting anxious. relief groups also frustrated, unable to get their supplies here quickly enough. >> haiti wasn't built to accommodate the capacity of incoming people and equipment and materials that are coming into it right now. >> reporter: as the plight of the living grows, there have b
of the united states. the chairman and the dnc would be screaming for his head, very much as they were with trent lott. >> reporter: his point, former republican majority leader, trent lott was forced to quit over racial remarks he made back in 2002. also in "game change" behind the campaign smiles, obama's anger at his running mate's gaffes, especially after joe biden's comment that barack obama will be tested. >> reporter: the authors say the candidate hit the ceiling. asking aides, how many times is biden going to say something stupid? the book has gossiping accounts over other campaign players, citing that elizabeth edwards was so mad over her husband's extra marital affair, she ripped off her shirt in an airport terminal. telling the president-elect, i can't control him and at some point he'll be a problem. obama said he was prepared to take the risk because he and the country needed her. and the authors write after john mccain chose sarah palin as his running mate, dick cheney called palin a reckless point. spokespeople all declined to comment on the book. but harry reid's office
give them more political power in the united states' congress. >> how this is going to work is the census, i understand dr. groves, is happening on march 2010, is that right? >> the forms go out in march and we want you to return your form by april 1. >> what's the biggest misconception? >> i think the biggest misconception about the census is that it's boring and long. and it turns out this is the shortest census in history. in our lifetimes. it takes every household just ten minutes to fill out and it's really important. it's easy and i think the other thing to know for many of your audiences is that this is a safe thing to do. we have very strong laws that protect the confidentiality of this data. >> i want to say, you'll each be driving one of these vehicles, right? >> these advance will drive about 150,000 miles over the next few months. stop at 800 different events, they'll be at the super bowl. they'll be at march madness, they'll be everywhere. if you can't see the van yourself, where you can learn a lot about the census, you can follow us on 2010census.gov. we'll be
's ultimately talking about the president of the united states. >> well the president spent the past few days adopting this very popular tone. others think it feels a little contrived to them. what's your take on it, howard? >> my take on it is that barack obama is both. he's a very cerebral guy, he was a law professor. but he worked as a community organizer on the south side of chicago. there are two parts to obama. he's tried to use his intellect for the public good. what he's got to be now is the community organizer of old if he's going to win back his popularity with the american people and with his own democratic base. >> and what about the independents themselves? he's in office largely because of their support and now they seem to be abandoning the democratic party in droves. >> i think he's aware of that. from reporting i've done around the white house, he decided long ago that this state of the union coming up this week, he was going to give a pause to the american people in terms of big programs, i think he's aware of the fact that the combination of the auto bailout, the stimulus,
, shelter and medical care. >> the united states is mounting a record. military personnel are in haiti or on navy and coast guard ships and by monday that will be more than 10,000. along with relief agencies, they will face a population desperate for help with patience wearing thin. >> hillary clinton will get a firsthand look visiting haiti today and president obama will meet with former president clinton and george w. bush in enlisting their help in a fund-raising effort for earthquake relief. >> we have extended coverage in haiti and across the border in the dominican republic. an exclusive interview from a student who survived the quake and made her way home, but four classmates are among the missing. >> we begin with carrie sanders live in port-au-prince. what's the scene like? >> reporter: this is a city on edge.-au-prince is crush and somehow folks are keeping it together. as dawn broke, a prayer. god help us, the women sing. believe in the power of god. the power of prayer is about all people have left to hold on to here. emotions are at the breaking point. the government said
to save lives. >> reporter: early on wednesday, president obama pledged the full support of the united states. >> haitians are our neighbors in the americas and here at home, so we have to be there for them in their hour of need. >> reporter: the "uss carl vincent" will act as a base at sea to provide a communications center and supplies like fresh water. and many have taken to the internet to show support. less than 24 hours after the quake, a text message campaign has raised more than $1 million for the red cross. and now we see a plane from belgium, so, as you can see, planes are coming in from all over the world. we've got, actually, brian williams now joining us. you just did some reconnaissance. what did you find? >> i'm happy to tell the people of los angeles that l.a. county fire rescue just arrived, 6 dogs 73 men and women. they're waiting for their assignment, but they're here with their equipment. belgian air force plane is empty. and we just learned of a story about 15 minutes from here, a hospital that's pretty much been cracked in two. 200 american students are mostly oka
. >> we're starting to hear that the effort is well under way. i think the response from the united states and other countries has been pretty swift and impressive. there are survival stories. that's good news. i know one of the messages you want to communicate this morning, sir, is that you want americans to be generous at this time of need for the haitian people. >> i do. let's look at where we are. first of all, we're still finding people alive. we've got 21 more search-and-rescue teams coming in today, but they don't have enough water, they don't have enough food, they don't have enough medical supplies. we've still got to find shelter for all those people that have no place to go at night, and that's the way to make it safer. so, i want to first thank all the americans who have given. to our u.n. fund, which is clintonfoundation.org/haiti earthquake, people who just texted "haiti" at 20222 and automatically given $10. if you want to just give $10, you can make a huge difference, because we've got another week or so of the work you see on television. i know people say, well, the first
into the program, right? >> they are. you know, we're running programs in 118 schools across the united states, and we're working with a lot of kids that deal with adversity, but reya's truly special with the courage that she has. she's really stepped up. on her birthday, which happens two weeks after her brother died every year, she does service. she goes and works with folks from the detroit vet center and relates to them in a very, very special way, and she's a very important leader of buildon. >> how important is it, the message that these kids are getting as well, in giving back to their communities? it's empowering them, but it's also giving so much more to them and to their communities. >> oh, it's transformational, i think. for folks that are living in the communities and they see the kids stepping up, they see the change and the courage that they have, and they want to -- the way they want to address the issues head on. and it's transformational for the kids. they realize that they can make a difference. >> it's like a ripple effect that they've started. >> it's an enormous ripple eff
in the united states, but i think our hearts and minds are definitely with the people in haiti and the people that we met while we were filming and with all the orphans who we were with the entire time we were there. >> how are you doing this morning? >> i'm still in a sort of daze. i'm not sure what's going on half the time. as john said, i keep thinking back to what happened and how the people there are doing right now. >> so you both were working at an orphanage filming a documentary when this hit. i understand as soon as you felt the earthquake, you both ran in to get your cameras. can you tell us what the first few moments were like and what you were able to film? >> yeah. it was definitely a shock when the earthquake hit. i think we were just trying to recover and figure who was going on. but as soons ait hit, we ran right into the streets and we saw people screaming for loved ones, we saw people praising jesus to the sky, just so thankful that they were saved and other people trying to dig their friends out of the rubble with anything they had. >> one of the big things we're hearing is
screening for travelers heading to the united states, but there is some evidence that some countries have been slow to make the changes. >>> it is another bone-chilling day of bitter cold from nebraska to florida in the northeast, to the northeast, and in some places, deep snow is adding to the problems. let's now go back to nbc's jeff rossen in fulton, new york, for details on this. hey, jeff, good morning. >> reporter: hey, ann, good morning to you. i stopped shoveling for a minute to tell you about this. you know, they're used to big snowstorms in upstate new york, but nothing like this. it's been three years since they've seen this much snow, 52 inches in the past nine days. and it has not stopped snowing since just after christmas, ann. you know, the problem here is that it keeps on drifting around and the problem is also the cold, not only here in the east, but in the midwest and in the south as well. i know, it's winter, but even for january this is cold and snowy. keep trying. you can't escape it. >> when your eyelashes start to freeze, you know it's a bad sign. >> unless you're p
with catastrophic injuries, agony and death, relief is here. united states naval ship "comfort" has pulled into port-au-prince. dr. tim donohue is the chief of surgery. >> hopefully, we'll stress relieve for the staff ashore. >> reporter: the staff performs humanitarian work all year but is especially trained to respond to crises like these. the "comfort" is a 1,000-bed floating hospital equipped to handle almost anything. >> we've seen just about most of the bones you can have broken. you name it, we can just about do it. >> reporter: since the doors opened on tuesday night, patients have flooded in, air-lifted from the mainland. isaiah has a fractured arm and a lacerated scalp. like most of the people air-lifted here, he received some basic first aid but is in need of real medical treatment. >> he felt the ground shake, and when he went to run, the wall started to fall, so some of the cinder blocks fell on him. >> reporter: while the "comfort" falls under the command of the navy, there's an unusual situation here. civilian doctors and nurses, if they have the right credentials, can come on board a
president of the united states. hope was in the air. 365 days later, he now knows the reality of being the leader of the free world. nbc's chief white house correspondent chuck todd takes a look at the challenges facing the obama administration in the coming year. >> reporter: on day one for president obama, everything seemed possible. >> on this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. >> reporter: but nearly one year later, thanks to a weak economy and expansive legislative agenda that's still largely unfinished, most polling shows the country is less united, less hopeful and more conflicted. and with an election on the horizon, the president enters 2010 with a tough political mission. >> midterm elections always reflect the political standing of the president. >> reporter: right now, the president's political standing is tenuous. though he entered the white house with a sky-shy 60% approval. that number has steadily declined throughout the first year, now sitting at 47%. it won't get easier in the coming year. in addition to h
. >> the president of the united states. >> reporter: one overriding goal for mr. obama is to restore confidence in his leadership. >> i think it's a turning point for the president. he has to recapture the voice that he had during the campaign. >> reporter: while still personally popular, doubts are growing about his ability to solve problems. in a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll, only 39% felt confident the president had the "right set of goals and policies to be president." 61% lacked confidence. tonight, even as the fate of his health care reform push remains unclear, the president will speak about the economy and announce a three-year spending freeze for many domestic programs. aides have defended the freeze against critics who claim the impact will be too small. >> this is only one component of what we are going to be doing to be bringing the deficits down over time. it's $250 billion over ten years. that's nothing to sneeze at. >> reporter: efforts to cut red ink come as the government announce a record $1.4 trillion deficit for this year. that, coupled with 10% unemployment, unde
got for the white house monday. >> the next vice president of the united states, joe biden. >> reporter: delaware attorney general beau biden has decided not to run for his father's old senate seat, sending an alarming signal to other democrats -- even the son of the vice president doesn't want to run in this political environment. >> it's hard to believe that he didn't at least consider the politics involved and the national landscape is starting to tilt very strongly against democrats. >> reporter: right now, the white house faces the very real prospect of a symbolic november setback, with republicans feeling optimistic about their chances of winning senate seats once held by the president and vice president as well as in nevada, where senate majority leader harry reid is struggling. >> i think the outlook for november now is increasingly dark for democrats, and as democrats see that, some democrats are going to retire, and that's going to add to their problems. so, this is like a vicious cycle for democrats. bad news begets bad news which begets more bad news. >> reporte
. despite some good corporate earnings here in the united states, there is concern over how china is dealing with strong growth in their economy. england came out of recession, but just barely, and stocks are trading lower in europe and they were down in asia as well. and in d.c., you touched on it, the state of the union address, huge focus. investors want details on that. we also have the start of a two-day federal reserve meeting. no change on rates expected, and ben bernanke's job seems safe, a vote later in the week. and i want to point out, ann, despite a global recession, 8.7 million iphones were sold in the last three months of 2009. apple had very strong numbers that came out late yesterday. >> brian shactman, thank you so much this morning. >>> and here's a footnote on haiti. charlie simpson, a 7-year-old british boy, was so upset by the images of the earthquake and the devastation in haiti on television that he asked his mother if she could set him up a sponsored bike ride to raise money. well, the 7-year-old rode five miles around a london park, and the pledges started pouring in
and 18 in the united states now spend more than 7 1/2 hours every day playing video games, watching tv and surfing the web. that's more than 50 hours a week. close to one in four sleep with their cell phone so they won't miss any text messages. have our kids become too connected, and what can parents do about it? we're going to get advice on that. >> parents often are to blame as well. they're also connected to their little devices as well. >> they are, for sure. >>> let's begin with the "today" exclusive, john edwards admitting he is the father of his former mistress's 22-month-old daughter. nbc senior investigative correspondent lisa myers has the details on this story. lisa, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. as you said, senator edwards' statement had been months in the making, and it confirms what many americans have already concluded, that at the same time he was running for president, john edwards fathered a child. today, he is publicly embracing that child for the first time. >> this way, senator. >> reporter: after two years of scandal, deception and betrayal -- >>
strike during the night believed to be fired by the united states. it struck northwest pakistan, blowing up what is described as a militant compound and killing at least four people. it is the third strike this year aimed at the taliban and al qaeda. >>> in the effort to track down a man whose security breach shut down a terminal for six hours, a setback. on tuesday, investigators determined that a camera system at the security checkpoint was not working properly at the time of the incident. >>> officials in california are looking into the cause of a deadly helicopter crash on tuesday. they say the helicopter was carrying biologists in the sierra national forest. four people were killed. >>> a small plane crashed outside of chicago, killing all people board. it is not clear yet why it went down in a river in a forest preserve. >>> members of an antiwhaling group are accusing a japanese whaling ship of deliberately ramming their boat today off antarctica. the boat had its front sheered off in the collision. the six crew members were rescued. the whaling ship blames the smaller boat for th
, this is a huge threat to the united states. we have to work together. this cannot become an ideological football here. >> right. >> but this is a sign that this is a president that understands that republicans will use the security issue against democrats. >> and as part of setting right that image that he's a little bit worried about right now, do you expect him to more carefully prioritize in the future? in other words, when he's out across this country speaking about health care and the economy and jobs, in those very same speeches, is he going to be forced to say, oh, and by the way, i am also dealing with the terror threat? >> i think it's a good point, and it is a sign that this issue of terrorism is not one that can be lowered at all on his agenda. it is always right there because it can strike at any time. al qaeda, the arabian peninsula is becoming more of a franchise operation. that's the way al qaeda is becoming. it's not a centralized command and control structure that we went to war against right after 9/11. it's changing, it's evolving. the president has to keep it on top of the pr
in the united states as the director of research for an autism treatment center in texas. it's 16 after the hour. once again, here's meredith. >> matt, thank you. >>> we have seen so many heartbreaking images out of quake-ravaged haiti, the destruction, the deaths, the desperation, but now a different image, the incredible resilience of the nation's children in the face of disaster. nbc's michelle kosinski is in port-au-prince for us. michelle, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, meredith. i want to show you something behind the scenes, something you don't usually see. every morning, these children come out here to help us with our work, and you know, a lot of times, we hear the word hopelessness about this place, but we tend to see just the opposite. they're the ones who tell us a cheerful "good morning" every day. people here have this graceful, polite ingenuity and spirit, even in the worst imaginable situations and even among the youngest. for hours in the afternoon, it didn't matter that 6-year-old rishele now lives in a sprawling tent city. a scrap of cardboard, two pens and he
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